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Upcoming Course(s): 

NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (NCCP) Tennis Instructor Course
September 25-27, 2020 and October 16-18, 2020
Hillcrest Sports Centre, 1599 Main Street North, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Course Facilitator: Denise Fernandez, Regina

Tennis Saskatchewan administers the Tennis Instructor Course and the Club Pro 1 Course of the Tennis Canada / National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).  Applicants must complete all pre-requisites before moving on to the next level.  Registration is to be completed on-line – first entry basis.  All fees must be paid in advance.  VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Click here to register.

A minimum of 6 participants (per course) will be required for a course to proceed.

Participants should come prepared to participate, both on and off court – please bring your racquet, tennis attire, pen & paper and mandatory printed material.

For further information, please contact Tennis Saskatchewan at 306-780-9410 or email at tennissask@sasktel.net. 

COURSE INFORMATION

Cost $350.00 (on-line registration only)

Tennis Saskatchewan Affiliated Club Members may be eligible to receive financial assistance to offset some of the registration fee and course related expenses (some conditions apply).  For further information, please contact the Tennis Saskatchewan office at 306-780-9410

Entry Deadline: September 21, 2020 (Pre-registration required)

Minimum Age: All candidates must be turning 16 years of age or older at least one year after the course start date

Please note that those candidates who are 15 years old turning 16 within 1 year of the course can do all in-course testing. However, even if they have successfully completed all of the course elements, they won’t receive their Tennis Instructor certificate until their 16th birthday.

Play Level: To complete the Demonstration Evaluation, candidates need to have a play level of at least 3.0 on the Tennis Canada “Play Tennis” – Self Rating Guide

Certification is comprised of knowledge, leadership/professionalism,  demonstration, teaching and Making Ethical Decisions evaluations.

Pre-course E-Learning Modules must be completed before the course starts (approx. 3 – 4 hours needed to complete).

Instructors are trained to introduce players to the game using Progressive tennis in group lessons (1.0 – 2.5 level) at tennis clubs, parks, community courts and in school gyms. The mission of instructor course is to develop instructors who will stimulate players’ retention and growth, and promote tennis as a sport for life, by delivering a quality tennis program.

Commitment: 5 days

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 3.0 (Tennis Canada “Play Tennis” – Self Rating Guide)

Role in Industry: Beginning Instructor (Summer Camps, Park and Rec, Seasonal Clubs)

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 4 years (or another certification course)

Equipment: Bring your racquet, note pad & pens and the mandatory Instructor course printed documents.

Attire: Proper tennis attire is required for the duration of the course (i.e. non-marking soles, track suits and proper tennis shirts, shorts or skirts).

Meals: Participants are responsible for their own meals (breaks provided).

Accommodation: Participants are responsible for their own accommodation.

Attendance: 100% attendance is required to be eligible to be evaluated.

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 4 years (or another certification course).

For more information on the Tennis Canada coaching certification program, view the Coaching Development System.

To view a list of actively certified coaches in Saskatchewan, visit the Tennis Professionals Association website.

The Instructor course (NCCP Context: Instructor – Beginner) is the first level of the Tennis Canada’s “Recreation – Tennis for Life” certification stream, focusing on the LTAD Stage 2 “FUNdamentals”.

This course is for anyone interested in the competencies required to introduce starter players to the game of tennis. Instructors are trained to use Progressive Tennis in group lessons (1.0 – 2.5 level) at parks, community courts and in school gyms. This course develops the leadership skills of an enthusiastic instructor who organizes practice and play, makes tennis accessible and simple to learn, and promotes friendships that support the growth and retention of starter players.

The Instructor’s role in our tennis community is critical. For tennis to grow and for players to stay in the game, they need to experience enjoyment and improvement. In this course, you will experience and develop the qualities associated with a positive, motivating leader. As well, you will be trained to scale and modify the game your students can experience success with activities that challenge them with the right skills and play for their level. More specifically, you will learn to:

Lead and communicate effectively

  • Display professionalism and enthusiasm
  • Control the focus and attention of a group
  • Present clear and correct visual demonstrations with concise explanations
  • Provide positive interventions that apply tactical and technical tools to improve performance

Manage play and practice environments

  • Plan and implement “Learn to Play” curriculum employing Progressive Tennis so starter players can successfully serve, rally and score.
  • Set up and maintain a group environment that is active, safe, and challenging while applying group organizational tools
  • Organize play and apply competition tools using a variety of competitive formats, set-ups and scoring

Be resourceful

  • Awareness of Tennis Canada’s Wheelchair course and “Active Start” initiatives
  • Awareness of Tennis Canada’s Pathway programs including Le Petit, Tennis for Schools, and Learn to Play

Follow a process for making ethical decisions consistent with the Tennis Canada Code of Ethics.

  • Minimum certification requirements: None
  • Participants must be 15 years of age or older (must be at least 16 years of age to be certified)
  • Minimum level of play:  3.0 level player
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Completion of pre-course workbooks or e-learning modules prior to the beginning of the course.
  • Become a TEMP member of the Tennis Professionals Association.

There are 4 (four) categories of competencies candidates must complete to achieve Instructor certification:

  1. Knowledge
  2. Leadership/Professionalism
  3. Demonstration (Playing and Fundamental Skills)
  4. Teaching (Unfolding a Lesson)

In addition, candidates are required to complete the Coaching Association of Canada’s Making Ethical Decisions Instructor stream online evaluation.

Candidates must achieve a “met standard” rating on all of the evaluations to be certified. If candidates achieve an “incomplete” rating on any evaluations, they must re-take that evaluation (or in the case of the knowledge evaluation workbook components, complete them). If they receive an “incomplete” on 3 or more of the 4 evaluations (1, 2, 3, 4), they must re-take the entire course at full price.

Candidates have 18 months from the date of their original course to complete all evaluations; otherwise, they must re-take the entire course at full price.

  • To introduce players to the game using Progressive tennis in group lessons (1.0 – 2.5 level) at tennis clubs, parks, community courts and in school gyms.  This course develops the leadership skills of an enthusiastic instructor who organizes practice and play, makes tennis accessible and simple to learn, and promotes friendships that support the growth and retention of starter players.

For further information, please contact Tennis Saskatchewan by email at cd.tennissask@gmail.com 

Tennis Saskatchewan also administers the Club Professional 1 course, which is the next level of certification beyond the Instructor Course. If you are a Tennis Canada Certified Instructor, are at least 17 years of age, and are interested in taking Club Professional 1, reach out to Tennis Saskatchewan by email at cd.tennissask@gmail.com.

To view a list of Club Professional 1 competencies, visit the TPA website.